"Classifying Dependencies"Alastair Wilson (University of Birmingham)
E561, Menzies Buiding
Abstract: Metaphysicians typically distinguish sharply between grounding and causation, and philosophers of science typically distinguish sharply between causal and non-causal explanation, but there has been surprisingly little discussion of how exactly to draw these distinctions. In this paper I argue that all of the most obvious criteria fail to capture the intended distinction between causation and grounding. I propose an alternative criterion in terms of the source of the dependency, and explore some preliminary implications of this criterion for simultaneous causation in physics.
As pre-reading I'd suggest my paper "Metaphysical Causation"
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